We are proud to announce our 2020 Summer Reading for All (SR4A) kickoff! This launch celebrates students’ year-long literacy achievements as they build their summer reading stack and summer reading plan. Our vision for SR4A is to help close the achievement gap, eliminate the summer slide and foster lifelong readers! We’re asking students, families and community members to join the vision.
How can we get started?
Thanks to technology, even the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t going to slow down our student’s reading potential! We have a myriad of ways kids can build their skills in reading, learn something new and travel to distant lands in their imaginations.
- Build your summer reading book stack now! Over the next two weeks of school, reflect on your interests, think about what you would like to learn, or what would entertain you over the summer. You don’t have to wait until June to start reading, though. Once you have a plan in place, dive right in!
- Reading on devices – those phones, tablets and computers aren’t just for entertainment like video games and messaging; they can become a book too! Check out the app Sora to access thousands of titles for your phone, tablet, or laptop. See our Leander ISD Library Service Summer Reading link for reading suggestions.
- Tweet your #shelfie and tag #sr4A as you #buildyourstack for summer reading!
- We will be recognizing a “Reader of the Week” throughout the summer. Campus librarians will make nominations.
When and how will physical books be delivered?
- Our first round of books will be delivered through our backpack program on May 22.
- Our second round of books will be delivered during meal service pickup lines at all four campus locations on May 26, age-appropriate books will be delivered in a plastic bag for each student in the household who needs books. Elementary school students will receive two to three books each and secondary students will receive two books each.
- Quantities are limited, so they will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis.
- Our hope is to provide physical books to students who may have a limited library at home, so that they too can have equal opportunities to read over the summer.
- Our Little Free Libraries are available at the following campuses. All of those listed below are accessible outdoors. Feel free to stop by and select a new title to borrow, then return it and share the fun with others. For safety considerations, please see this article written by the Little Free Library.
- Bagdad Elementary
- Block House Creek Elementary
- Camacho Elementary
- Cypress Elementary
- Faubion Elementary
- Naumann Elementary
- Parkside Elementary
- Reagan Elementary
- Rutledge Elementary
- Whitestone Elementary
- Running Brushy Middle School (front & side of school)
How can the community get involved?
Thanks to our generous donors, our SR4A program has been successful in building student home libraries for the past seven years. This year, due to COVID-19 requirements, we are looking for support in a different way. Now, you, your company, or your club can get involved to help build our kids’ book stacks and reading potential electronically!
- Donate books – In lieu of asking you to bring your used book donations in, to make things easy and safe for all, we are accepting donations through our Amazon wish list. Keep kids reading all year long!
- Build your own summer reading list, follow us on Twitter at #sr4a and share your #shelfie with us and your friends to help spread the word!
For more information about our SR4A program and how you can be a part of it, visit our website. Let’s read together!